Wednesday, 15 April 2015

An Aladdin's Lamp - A Dose of Encouragement 68

A few weeks ago I went online to do my travel map for fun
and even though I have travelled to quite a few places it decided that I had only visited 12% of the world.  (you can see it at the very bottom of the blog)

I asked Fred to go and do his because he has been to so many more countries than me but he just laughed and said he was too busy.


Fred travelled a lot last month but I saw him each weekend and I even travelled with him for 2 of the weeks.  This was because he was doing all his work in Southern Ireland and drove everywhere.

Now this month he will travel much further away and I won't go on any of the trips with him and I will not have him home for all of the weekends.
In fact I will not have him home for many days at all for the rest of the month.

He is going to Sweden, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, and finally back to Southern Ireland.
This will be his first visit to Abu Dhabi but it is not his first time to the other places.

Some years ago when he went to the Middle East he brought me back a little gift.

Now because Fred has travelled with work for many many years he has not brought home gifts every time.  The first few trips he brought gifts for the children because they were young but then as the travelling continued he would only occasionally bring something back.  Mostly he would bring me a plate from a new country or a different State in America because a plate from Delaware was the gift he had brought me on his first trip to America.  So years later I ended up with quite a collection of plates.

But this little gift from the Middle East was not a plate - it was an Aladdin's Lamp.



The lamp is metal not plastic - we already had a plastic toy one that Linda had with the genie from the movie Aladdin.

It was not a very expensive item but rather attractive.

Fred knows me well enough to know that I like things that are a little bit different to the norm.


It sits in our dining room most of the time as an ornament but has occasionally been taken with me to be used as a visual aid when I'm speaking at a Kids meeting.

One of the first things I am always asked by the kids is

"Can you make a wish?"

followed by

"Is there anything inside?"

So the lid has to be lifted off and little eyes peer inside only to be disappointed that there is nothing there.

No the lamp is empty.
No it is not a real lamp.
It is not even an expensive item.

BUT

That little lamp reminds me of Fred every time I look at it and it makes me smile.


I don't think that I can get Fred back home by rubbing the lamp and making a wish.

I simply know that one day in a foreign land Fred saw that lamp and bought it for me.

I wasn't with him to make him think of me but he still did.


It makes me think of how God thought about us all the time


God thinks about us at all times. He always has and He always will.

EVEN


when we did not speak with Him,  He still thought of us
when we wanted our own way,  He still thought of us
when we were disobedient,  He still thought of us
when we were not children of God,  He still thought of us
when we were not even born yet,  He still thought of us

EVEN

before the world was created,  He had thought of us

YES

God had thought of us and Jesus was already prepared to die for us




We are 

     delighted 

     excited 

     proud 

     thankful 

     when people think of us, 

     when people remember to include us in their lives.


Should we not be the same because God thinks about us at all times.

He always has and He always will.








24 comments:

  1. Sandra, it truly is an amazing thought to realize the God, who created all things, thinks about each one of us. As I read this post, I had to stop & open my Bible: "How precious are your thoughts ABOUT ME, I God. They cannot be numbered!" (Psalm 139:17, NLT). Sometimes it does a girl good to just let that soak in a bit. His thoughts about me, about you, cannot be numbered. Grateful for this reminder today!

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  2. What a beautiful sentiment! My father used to travel the world for his job as well and would always bring us kids something back. I ended up with quite a foreign doll collection! And, like you, every time I saw them it made me happy to know my dad thought of me. And yes, we should most definitely feel this way about God, too:) Have a great day!
    xoKathleen

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  3. I'm so glad we have a Savior who always hears us when we call (I'd be a disaster with a lamp--probably lose it and then where would I be?).

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  4. Such a cool gift. God never leaves us or forsakes us. God always sees us.

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  5. What a great lamp! And a great thought that God always thinks of us even when we don't think of Him.

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  6. Great post. Visiting from Kristin's!

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  7. Love this post, especially your Tweet Quote, which I Retweeted ❤️

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  8. Reminders are always good for me. :)

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  9. Thank you for making me smile! What a cute story!

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  10. Great insight. The lamp is beautiful and i love that it reminds you of Fred even if it can't bring him back from his travels when you rub it.

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  11. Thank you for the wonderful illustration. What a wonder it is that the God of the universe thinks of us all the time! Hallelujah! Visiting from Grace and Truth.

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  12. I love how God thinks about us all the time. It makes me question why I don't always return the favor and make Him my priority. Thank you for sharing this at The Weekend Brew.

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  13. So pretty! And what a great analogy, Sandra. Thank you for sharing it! :-)

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  14. Nice reminder that we are always on His mind!

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  15. The wise virgins brought extra oil for their lamps and sad to say, the other 5 women did not, and because their lamps were not burning brightly, these foolish ones did not get to enter into the wedding feast. Your lamp is a lovely reminder of your husband and using it for a visual aid with children is good. Thank you for sharing your lovely story with us here at Tell me a Story.

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  16. What a great story to connect with God's thought of us, it's a beautiful lamp to boot! Thank you for sharing this with us at Grace & Truth!

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  17. Lovely story, and I like that lamp! Thanks for sharing.

    I've pinned your post, thanks for sharing at #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup ...hope to see you again this week!

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  18. A sweet post. I am visiting from Spiritual Sunday with Charlotte. Have a blessed week Sandra!

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  19. Aw. How very touching. God gives the best presents I say. He knows just what we need. :)

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  20. This is such a beautiful post. And I like the thought of lamp not being empty for it contains the memories :)
    Visiting from AlphabeThursday
    Have a splendid weekend
    Ruby

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  21. I love that you have an Aladdin Lamp!

    http://yaknowstuff.blogspot.com/2015/05/introducing-alphabe-thursday-with.html

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  22. Aw....that would be cool to rub that lamp and have three wishes! Hee Hee Hee!

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  23. What an amazing story.

    I loved everything you wrote here...and I can imagine the kids peeking in.

    Actually that lamp is full to the brim with memories and love.

    Thanks for sharing this amazingly moving link to the letter A.

    A+

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